Thousands of people will come out to the capital city next week to run in the Eversource Hartford Marathon.
People will come to Connecticut to run the marathon, half marathon, or 5k. They all have a reason to run while some are doing for fun, others are doing for exercise while even others are doing it in tribute to friends and family members.
Running runs in the family for 28-year-old, Eversource employee Alex Lamparski.
Her sister and her dad were always avid runners. But, the Eversource Hartford Marathon is only the second half marathon for Lamparski. She said she's got an important reason to do it.
“I’m running this race mainly to support my dad, who in 2014 was diagnosed with multiple myeloma,” Lamparski.
Because of the cancer, Lamparski’s father can't run long distances.
“Mutliple Myloma is a cancer that hides in your bone marrow, and a lot of people don't know they have it until they break a bone easily,” Lamparski said. “Or they have some sort of internal damage to their organs, and at that point your bones are already weakened and it’s hard to recover from.”
Lamparski said her dad loves that she runs, but it's helped her get through his tough diagnosis.
“I know it helped me get through it,” Lamparski said. “It was important for me to do this, and I’m glad I can continue to do it.
When Lamparski laces up her sneakers next weekend, she'll have her sister by her side. They've been training virtually with each other since her sister lives in Pennsylvania.
“It works as a motivation, so if she runs further than me,” Lamparski said. “We're very competitive, so I feel the need to run further the next time
It's not only bringing the sisters closer. It's allowing Lamparski to bond with her dad.
“It makes me feel great that I can still this,” Lamparski said. “I feel closer to him because he was such a big runner. We can talk about it, and he can reflect on those days when he could run.”
For more information on the 5k, the half marathon or the marathon, click here.
There's also a kids race and so many other things going on starting next week. So even if you're not a runner, there's something for everyone to do.
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